Vitarka Mudra Buddha, Seated In A Glade
Having originated as bhitti chitra (wall paintings), Madhubanis are a rage among folk art connoisseurs. This is because the charms of the original Mithila style, the region of Bihar where this form of art originated, are largely intact, arguably unlike other Indian folk arts. The work you see on this page is unconventional in that it deviates from the norm - it is done on portable canvas to cater to modern-day demands as opposed to a mud-plastered wall, and no vivid colours are to be found between the lines of the composition. However, the thick black lines of the Buddha's form and the elements of nature that surround him, occupy every surface area unit of the handmade paper canvas. Both the subject and the style betray the spiritual ethos of the home of Madhubani art.
It is a complex work - curves of varying lengths, thickness, and degrees of straightness put together a picture that is simple yet eloquent. A solemn, haloed Buddha sits in poorna-padmasana on a magical lotus in a glade. One of His hand is in the vitarka mudra; an alms-bowl rests in the other. He has only fawns and peacocks of the forest for company. Delicate sprigs fill the forest floors, while the woods begin to thicken in the background. Apart from the kundalas, the Buddha has His princely shringar on, a reminder of His early life in the Shakya clan. Zooming in on His halo, one would see a rim of gorgeously symmetrical lotus petals. This Mithila painting would add to your space an ethos of the rustic and the ethereal.
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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper19.5 inch X 28 inch
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist - Rakesh Paswan